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Health & Nutrition:Human Health HEALTH EDUCATION BEHAVIOR MODELS AND THEORIES-- A REVIEW OF THE LITERATURE - PART IAs a part of any planning model, it is necessary to attempt to classify and explain the multitude of factors which can, and do, influence human behavior. Current models/theories that help to explain human behavior, particularly as it relates to health education, can be classified on the basis of being directed at the level of: a) Individual (Intrapersonal); b) Interpersonal; or c) Community. Within these three categories, those models/theories that have tended to dominate in the health education field in the past 20-30 years will be briefly outlined. Individual (Intrapersonal) Health Behavior Models/Theories1. Health Belief Model (Rosenstock, Becker, Kirscht, et al.) The Health Belief Model (HBM) was one of the first models which adapted theories from the behavioral sciences to examine health problems. It is still one of the most widely recognized and used models in health behavior applications. This model was originally introduced by a group of psychologists in the 1950's to help explain why people would or would not use available preventive services, such as chest x-rays for tuberculosis screening and immunizations for influenza. These researchers assumed that people feared diseases and that the health actions of people were motivated by the degree of fear (perceived threat) and the expected fear reduction of actions, as long as that possible reductio

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